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Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket Simple Stories Vintage Garden District by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket with Simple Stories Vintage Garden District

Hello, Friends!  You can tell summer is coming because I have bees on the brain!  This Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket is such a unique design.  Dressed up with Simple Stories Vintage Garden District it feels just like a summer garden party!

The base is made with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board.  I am completely unabashedly addicted to this wonderful stuff!    And this Honey Bee Loaded Card, Tag or Frame Kit speaks to my honey-loving heart!    It assembles quickly and easily.  Beautiful Board takes all mixed media products like a champ.  The fact that the base is already white means that you don’t have to prime, and the colors are true.  Paint all your surfaces before you assemble.  Then just add a dries clear adhesive along the edges, snap the pieces together and you are ready to decorate.

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket: Two Sides to Every Story

Here’s a peek at the frame side of the kit.  Naturally, I turned the frame overlay that comes with the kit into a shaker box.  Here’s how:

  • Decoupage the frame with rice paper and Matte Medium.
  • First, paint the frame with Matte Media.
  • Next, cut a piece of rice paper slightly larger than the frame dimensions.
  • Now lay the rice paper over the frame and burnish gently.
  • Then cut an “x” in the rice paper from top left to bottom right corner inside the frame.  Ue a craft knife for this.  Repeat from top right to bottom left.
  • Now brush matte medium onto the back side of the frame and wrap the rice paper around it.  The rice paper will conform itself to the shape of the sides with a little gentle encouragement.  And you might need to brush a little matte medium onto the back of the rice paper, too.
  • Just keep working it until it looks the way you want it to look. Set aside to dry.  Then ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • When everything is dry, you can adhere acetate to the back side of the frame, add your foam tape and create the shaker box just as you would on a card.
  • Decorate with flowers, ribbon , buttons and Spanish Moss.

Here’s the Queen Bee, adorned with roses in the center of the hive.

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket: The Pocket

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket Simple Stories Vintage Garden District by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The pocket contains a little decorative burlap panel and some sweet treats fit for a queen.

Bees and birds and flowers make me ridiculously happy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Tell the Bees Altered Bottle and Hanger Card

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees Altered Bottle and Hanger Card Deep Roots Workshop Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Tell the Bees Altered Bottle and Hanger Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  I’m “buzzing” with excitement over this Altered Bottle and Hanger Card for today’s Throwback Thursday post!  It is a collaborative effort between our son Peter (Deep Roots Workshop) and Kathy by Design!  Peter turned this lovely apothecary bottle on his lathe, He was trying out some new carving tools and showed me the results.  The minute I laid eyes on this beauty, I saw a honey comb.  So I asked him if he would let me play around with it…and he trusted me!  Yay!

The Bee Bottle

Bee Bottle Deep Roots Workshop Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Peter creates his art pieces from reclaimed wood.  This poplar wood bottle was once part of a 100 year old barn here in North Carolina.  There’s nothing like starting a project that has weathered years of history!  After turning the wood on his lathe, Peter carved the little circles with carving tools.  Then he treated the bottle with his homemade Danish oil.  This is a mystery concoction of  his that really brings out the grain of the wood.  Then he handed the bottle over to the Kathy by Design Day Spa for a little face lift .

First, smoosh Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink onto a non-stick craft mat.  Spritz it with water until small droplets form.  Then pick up the ink with your fingertip (or a sponge if you don’t like inky fingers) and tap it along the edges of the bottle.  Then lightly dip the sides of the bottle into the inky puddle.  Let the ink run, and spray with more water to fade it out.

Next “pollinate” the honey comb design with some mica gel medium.  I used Stamperia Glamour Gel.

Making the Tag

Next I pulled out my Craft Consortium “Tell the Bees” paper collection.  I purchased this ages ago along with the matching linen ribbon, stamps and a shaker mix.   Here’s how I made the decorative tag.

  • First,  create the background. Swipe  a 4×4 panel of manila cardstock in a lovely puddle of Speckled Egg Distress Ink.  Create the puddle of ink by smooshing the ink pad onto a non stick craft mat and spritzing with water.
  • Now dry the tag.  Then go in for another dip.  This time just tap the panel lightly in the ink to add layers of color.  Heat dry again.
  • Then look for little beads of ink and lightly tap the card into them to pick them up.  This creates a gorgeous speckled effect on the background.  Heat dry.
  • Now sponge on a little Wild Honey Distress Ink in a random fashion.  Spritz the card lightly to blend the colors.  Spatter water droplets for an even more distressed look.  Heat dry.
  • Use bee themed stamps (mine came in the bundle I purchased way back when) and stamp the panel.  Archival Ink works best for this.  I used Coffee, Saffron and Black.
  • Finally, die cut the panel into small tags.
  • Tie a tag around the bottle neck with waxed linen thread.  Add embellishments.
Tell the Bees Hanger Card

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees Hanger Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Because I already had all the supplies out on my work table, I decided to go ahead and make another Hanger Card.   This one measures 5″ x 7″ and I love the way it turned out.  The burlap is stitched to a panel of cardstock.  Then I just layered up some scraps from Tell the Bees, stitched a pocket in place and embellished.

Several of you asked about these little metal hangers.  They were a closeout item on the Melissa Frances website.  There are a few left if you are wanting to add them to your stash.  This one has been painted with Speckled Egg Distress Paint.

Here’s a look at the  mixed media tag and a little note card I tucked into the pocket.

Creating this project reminded me that I actually do like to ink and stamp.  I think maybe I need to schedule a day every now and then to get inky!

Peter and I enjoyed this little project so much that we are already planning our next caper.  We want to shoot some video next time to show you the turning process and the altering process.  If you’d like to learn more about Peter’s artistry, you can check out his ETSY shop.   You can watch him salvage the wood used to make this apothecary bottle on his YouTube channel, He’s always posting something interesting on his Instagram account. And if you’d like to follow him on Facebook, you can keep up with his antics there.

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different take on Throwback Thursday.  It certainly was fun for me to share this crafty adventure with our son.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Can it really be time to share my Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial with you?  It does not seem possible!  But the calendar says it is, so here we go!  This month’s Calendar collection feels just like the blue skies and sunny days of summer.  And, people…it’s got bees!  Hooray!

Like all the previous months in this series, this desk calendar measures a tidy 6″ x 6″.  But it has room inside for loads of photos, memory keeping, and list making.  The easel style allows it to stand upright for display and close neatly for storage.  You can pull these out year after year and add new memories and photos as the days roll by.

The inside has a blank calendar where you can write down special dates.  The pocket on the bottom holds photo mats, journal cards and two little wallet sized folios.  I’ve tucked a nice sized folio into the hidden pocket built into the folio base.

Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

This video tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of creating this lovely bit of home decor.  And if you’re new to this series, click HERE to see the January-May calendars.

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique April Desk Calendar

Authentique April Desk Calendar: Singing in the Rain

Hello, Friends!  Can it really almost be April?  I’m almost late with this Authentique April Desk Calendar project, but I think you’ll still have plenty of time to get yours made before the calendar turns.

Since this calendar follows the same steps and measurements as the March Calendar, I did not create a video tutorial.  Just use that design with the April Calendar Collection.  Easy peasy!

Authentique April Calendar Collection Desk Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Do you remember how much fun it was as a kid to walk to school under an umbrella?  I can remember waking up excited if I heard raindrops outdoors because I  knew all my classmates would be breaking out their umbrellas, too.  We bobbed along in the rain like cheery little puddle posies while the rain tapped away at our umbrellas.  Those fun memories prompted me to select this darling image and sentiment as the focal for our calendar this month.

Opening this desk calendar is always an adventure!  There are so many sweet goodies tucked inside!

Here’s the hidden folio for the April Desk Calendar.

Plenty of room to add a few sweet photos to these colorful pages.

Use the back side of this darling Easter image to mat a photo.  The journal card tucked in the pocket is a great place to write down memories or important dates.

And there’s lots of room for smaller photos and journaling in the wallet sized folios that tuck in to the pocket.

You can watch the March Video Tutorial HERE.  Are you following along and making each monthly calendar with me?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends! This Celtic beauty adorns the cover of our Authentique March Desk Calendar.  That’s right!  With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to get ready for the wearing of the green.  So break out your March Calendar collection pages and let’s get our craft on!

Did you make the January and February Desk Calendars yet?  The March calendar is the same size and basic design, although I streamlined a couple of features to make it even easier to create.

Just like the January and February models, the base is a 6″ x 6″ easel card.  I dressed this one up with some fancy gold buttons, shimmer satin ribbon and beautiful Little Birdie Amor Mio flowers.

You’ll still find a cute pocket with folio inserts and a March calendar on the interior of the card.  But the pocket construction is even simpler.

And we still have the nifty hidden pocket and folio feature.  But I changed the shape of the pull tab.  I can’t have you getting bored on me!

So if you’re ready to learn how to make this sweet Authentique March Desk Calendar, just click play on the video below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

The great thing about this fun design is that it makes a great gift!  Just change out the papers, and you can make birthday cards, anniversary cards, graduation cards…the options are endless!

Are you making this series along with me?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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